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IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK,
YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG WHILE COMPETITORS AVOID CRACKS IN SIDEWALK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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ONE FOR THE MONEY,
TWO FOR THE SHOW,
THREE TO GET READY,
AND FOUR TO --GO!

Submitter comment: RHYME FOR A RACE

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHEER--BASKETBALL

ONE, TWO THREE, KILL THE REFEREE.
THREE, TWO, ONE, KILL THE OTHER ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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YOU ARE IT,
YOU ARE IT, COUNTERFIT,
CAN'T JUMPT OVR THE GRAVEL PIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE, WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER "I".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): HIDE-AND-SEEK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GAME CHANT

DURING GAMES OF TAG, EVERYONE CAN YELL THIS AT THE PERSON
WHO IS IT, "(THE PERSON'S NAME) COUNTERFEIT. CAN'T GET
OVER HER ARITHMETIC."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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GAME CHANT

IN ANY GAME WHICH HAS A GOAL, THE "IT" SAYS THIS TO WARN
THE PLAYERS HE IS READY TO START CHASING THEM. "1,2,3, GET
OFF MY APPLE TREE OR ELSE YOU ARE IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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SCHMEE, SCHMY,
SCH-HOSH-EN-FEFFER
HOOTCHE, COOTCHE,
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR (THEN REPEAT)

Submitter comment: WALKING RHYME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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HERE WE COME (1ST TEAM)
WHERE FROM? (SECOND TEAM)
NEW ORLEANS (1ST)
WHAT'S YOUR TRADE? (2ND)
LEMONADE (1ST)
GIVE ME SOME (2ND)
NO (RUNS AWAY) (1ST)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I STOOD ON THE CORNER CHEWING GUM
ALONG CAME A TRAMP AND SAID HE WANTED SOME.
NO, YOU DIRTY NIGGER
NO YOU DIRTY BUM
YOU OUGHT TO HAVE A LICKIN'
INSTEAD OF CHEWING GUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RACISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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FOOTBALL CHEER

RETARD THEM, RETARD THEM!
MAKE THEM RELINQUISH THE BALL!

Submitter comment: TAKEOFF ON MORE MUNDANE FOOTBALL CHEER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HIDE AND SEEK

THIS WAS PICKED UP IN GRADE SCHOOL. WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND
SEEK, THE PERSON WHO DOES THE COUNTING YELLS OUT: "APPLE,
PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE, WHO IS NOT READY, HOLLER "I". WHEN
HE HAS REACHED THE END OF HIS COUNT. IF SOMEONE IS NOT
READY, THE PERSON COUNTS HALF THE AMOUNT AND STARTS
SEARCHING BY YELLING, "READY OR NOT, HERE I COME."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND GO SEEK, IF YOU ARE TIRED OF TRYING
TO LOOK FOR ANYONE, YOU MAY CALL EVERYONE IN FOR FREE BY
SAYING: "OLLIE, OLLIE, OXEN FREE."

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THAT THIS SAYING ORIGINATED IN ENGLAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A TISKET, A TASKET, A GREEN AND YELLOW BASKET,
I WROTE A LETTER TO MY LOVE
AND ON THE WAY I DROPPED IT.

Submitter comment: SUNG AS ONE SKIPS AROUND A CIRCLE OF OTHERS. AT THE END
HE DROPS A HANKIE BEHIND SOMEONE AND THEY PLAY TAG
AROUND THE CIRCLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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EENIE, EINIE OVER

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS SAYING THIS WHILE THROWING A BALL
OVER A ROOF TO SOMEONE ON THE OTHER SIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY HOLLER "AYE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE
WHO'S NOT READY HOLLER I.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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BLUEBIRD GAME

BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, IN AND OUT MY WINDOW (REPEAT)
OH JOHNNY ARE YOU TIRED?
TAKE A LITTLE GIRL AND TAP HER ON THE SHOULDERS (REPEAT 3X)
OH JOHNNY ARE YOU TIRED?

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID AS A GROUP ARE HOLDING HANDS IN A CIRCLE
AND ONE STARTS OFF TAPPING OTHERS FORMING A LINE THAT
SWAYS THROUGH THE CIRCLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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A LEENIE A LARRY, A WHIRL AROUND TO BABSIE,
RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND, HIGHEST EAVES,
LOWEST EAVES, TOUCH YOUR KNEE, TOUCH YOUR HEEL,
TOUCH YOUR TOE AND AWAY WE GO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS DOING THIS USING A BALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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1, 2, 3 A LARRY, 4, 5, 6 A LARRY
7, 8, 9 A LARRY AND 10 A LARRY U.S.A.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS SAYING THIS WHEN BOUNCING A BALL
AGAINST A WALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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